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Pretty Penne Ham Skillet

I'm a busy nurse, so fast meals are a must. This pasta is a tasty change of pace from potato-ham casseroles. —Kathy Stephan, West Seneca, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add ham, red pepper and onion; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until ham is browned and vegetables are tender. Add garlic and herbs; cook 1-2 minutes longer.
  • Stir in broth and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Add pasta; toss to combine. Sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-2/3 cups: 567 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 1344mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • Deszie
    Aug 30, 2020

    No comment left

  • jksteinlage
    Jul 27, 2020

    Oh good gried, BellaTerra66, get a life. Nobody said you have to eat this, and if the rest want a cheat meal every so often, we actually have a life and do! Nobody said this was diet food, so stop giving a bad review just because you want to live that way. Move along! Great recipe!!

  • Christina
    Jul 16, 2020

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  • var122
    Jul 15, 2020

    A good recipe. I used a small bag of frozen peas in place of the red pepper (didn't have red pepper). I did find this a bit on the salty side & am thinking of adding some heavy cream to balance that.

  • BellaTerra66
    Jul 12, 2020

    I find it difficult to believe this is any nurse's favorite meal. It's high calorie and full of fat and sodium. I'm not against fat -- fat gets a bad rap -- but I am against this kind of fat.

  • rmbarr059
    May 22, 2020

    Delicious and different way to use up leftover ham. My husband and I loved this recipe!

  • sg1728
    Apr 14, 2020

    Easy, delicious, and a great way to use up my leftover Easter ham. I used medium shell pasta in place of penne.

  • JCV4
    Feb 27, 2020

    This is a very easy and great-tasting recipe! I really liked the flavor of the fresh herbs in here.

    Dec 30, 2019

    This is my go to recipe for leftover ham following Easter and Christmas. It is delicious and easy and has become a family favorite.

  • vsa Prod July9
    Jul 9, 2019

    Very nice recipe